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  • James Lomma Azure

    The Azure crane collapse (inset: James Lomma)

    Crane mogul James Lomma’s equipment won’t be hoisting or rigging anything any time soon.

    A Queens judge slapped down the New York Crane and Equipment Corporation owner’s attempt to force the Department of Buildings to renew his hoisting-machine operator and master-rigger licenses.

    Justice Allan Weiss said that Lomma had “demonstrated poor moral character.” [more]

  • From left: James Lomma and Susan Karten

    From left: James Lomma and Susan Karten

    Found liable for the 2008 crane collapse that left two construction workers dead, a Manhattan jury ordered crane magnate James Lomma to pay an additional $48 million to the victims’ families, bringing the total payout to $96 million.

    Susan Karten, the lawyer for Ramadan Kurtaj, one of the victims of the Azure condiminium accident, called the judgment, “a much needed message to both Mr. Lomma and the construction industry at large.”  [more]

  • Azure crane collapse and James Lomma

    Azure crane collapse and James Lomma

    The families of two construction workers killed in the Azure crane collapse in 2008 were awarded $48 million in damages.

    Donald Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj died in May of that year at the site of the Azure Condominium at 33 East 91st Street when the 200-foot-tall crane, owned by James Lomma, snapped and fell to the ground. A Manhattan Supreme Court jury this week found Lomma 61 percent liable after attorneys for the victims’ families argued that faulty crane equipment and Lomma’s “greed” contributed to the fatal accident. [more]

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    Azure crane collapse and James Lomma

    A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial in a civil case brought against James Lomma by the families of two men who died in a crane collapse in May 2008.

    An attorney for Lomma sought a mistrial Wednesday because Lomma would be unable to attend the trial while he recovered from injuries sustained in a car accident. State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez said proceeding without Lomma present violated his constitutional rights, the AP reported. [more]

  • New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    The owner of the crane that collapsed at the Azure Condominium on the Upper East Side in 2008, killing two people, is seeking a mistrial in a civil case brought by victims.

    On Wednesday, a lawyer for James Lomma said  his client was unable to appear in court due to severe injuries suffered in a recent car accident. The attorney, Glenn Fuerth, said Lomma needs eight to 12 weeks to recover, the New York Post reported. [more]

  • James Lomma with his son, James Jr. (Source: ENR)

    James Lomma, Jr., the 22-year-old son of crane company owner James Lomma, was busted yesterday for heroin possession, the New York Post reported. Lomma, Jr. pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of drug possession and awaits a May 7 sentencing.

    The arrest happened on Staten Island, where he was carrying 25 $10 bags of heroin, called “decks,” according to court documents cited by the Post. He also had brass knuckles — weapons used in hand-to-hand fighting — on him. This marks his second drug arrest in six months. [more]

  • A collapsed crane at a TF Cornerstone site in Long Island City (Image courtesy Larry Dusseau)

    Owners have been lax in maintaining cranes and operators have been careless, an analysis of city records by the New York Daily News shows. This negligence has been the cause of several recent accidents, including the collapse of a crane earlier this month at the site of TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental development in Long Island City, which injured seven workers.The Daily News found multiple examples since 2010, some of which led to gruesome injuries … [more]

  • From left: Crane owner James Lomma and the Azure at 333 East 91st Street

    [Updated at 1:42 p.m. with comments and details from the courtroom] In a move that caught many by surprise, the owner of a crane that collapsed at an Upper East Side condominium in 2008 killing two people was acquitted of all the charges against him today, including manslaughter.

    James Lomma was found not guilty of six counts by Judge Daniel Coviser in a packed courtroom in Lower Manhattan, bringing an end to a high-profile and emotionally fraught two-month criminal trial. [more]

  • James Lomma

    The case against he owner of the crane that collapsed in 2008 is winding down, the Associated Press reported, as the final prosecutor summations were delivered today. Prosecuters accuse owner James Lomma of being a cold-hearted businessman who greedily commissioned a spotty, cost-saving repair of a crucial component of the crane and hid it from inspectors. [more]

  • Azure crane collapse

    In testimony today in the manslaughter trial of James Lomma, owner of the crane that collapsed in May 2008 during construction of the Azure, deceased construction worker Donald Leo Jr.’s father took the stand, the New York Daily News reported.

    Leo held back tears as he recounted his trip uptown to see his son after he was told about the accident, at 333 East 91st Street, at First Avenue, which killed two people. [more]

  • New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    The owner of the crane that crashed at the Azure condo in 2008, killing two people, is a cold-hearted businessman more concerned with collecting $50,000 a month in equipment fees than protecting workers, prosecutors said today at the start of his trial.

    “They were killed because one man valued his profit over the safety of others,” said Eli Cherkasky, an assistant district attorney, in a packed room inside of Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan. [more]

  • Pre-trial proceedings in the 2008 Upper East Side crane collapse manslaughter case will be held in open court, the judge has decided, according to the New York Post.

    Concerns from prosecutors and victims’ families convinced Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser to make hearing, crane company owner James Lomma’s hearing, on second-degree manslaughter charges, public, the Post said. The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. The collapse at the Azure, at 333 East 91st Street, at First Avenue, involved a crane owned by Lomma’s company, New York Crane and Equipment Corporation.

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    The crane collapse at the Azure and New York Crane owner James Lomma
    An employee of New York Crane, the company that operated the crane that collapsed at the Azure in 2008, plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and agreed to testify against the owner of the company to avoid a second-degree manslaughter charge that carries a 15-year prison sentence.

    According to court documents obtained by the New York Times, Tibor Varganyi was charged with finding a manufacturer to repair the turntables of some of New York Crane’s equipment. He chose a firm in China over two United States companies, because New York Crane owner James Lomma thought the domestic companies couldn’t complete the job fast enough. … [more]

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    From left: Crane owner James Lomma and the Azure at 333 East 91st Street

    The owner of the crane company implicated in the deadly 2008 collapse at the Upper East Side’s Azure is suing the construction company that had rented his crane for $1.1 million in damages, the Post reported. The owner, James Lomma, is currently awaiting trial on manslaughter charges after a judge turned down his bid to get the case dismissed last month. He and mechanic Tibor Varganyi were accused of arranging for a cheap welding job on the 200-foot-tall crane, which failed after a month of use. … [more]

  • A judge has upheld manslaughter charges against an owner and a mechanic in connection with a rig collapse at a construction site that killed two workers on the Upper East Side in May 2008, CBS reported. The judge today turned down the defendants’ bid to get the case dismissed and the case is now headed for a trial this spring or summer. Prosecutors said owner James Lomma and mechanic Tibor Varganyi arranged for a cheap welding job on a 200-foot-tall crane at the site of the Azure cond-op at 333 East 91st Street. … [more]

  • The crane company charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide this week for a 2008 crane collapse on the Upper East Side is still operating three tower cranes in New York City, according to the Downtown Express. The cranes, located at the World Trade Center site, the former Deutsche Bank building and at Milstein Properties’ Liberty Luxe condo in Battery Park City, are inspected regularly and are a different type than the one that killed two and injured one when it collapsed during the construction of the Azure condominium on East 91st Street in May 2008, the Department of Buildings said. The operator, New York Crane & Equipment, was indicted along with owner James Lomma and former mechanic Tibor Varganyi and pleaded guilty to the charges Monday. [Downtown Express]

  • Two corporations, their top executive, and a mechanic have been indicted in the May 30, 2008 91st Street crane collapse incident, which resulted in two deaths and one serious injury. The Manhattan District Attorney has charged New York Crane, J.F. Lomma and owner James Lomma, along with Tibor Varganyi, a former mechanic for New York Crane, with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter, among other related charges. The defendants were described as “reckless” by District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who said that their alleged negligence at the 333 East 91st Street construction site, the Azure condominium, where Prudential Douglas Elliman agent Ilan Bracha recently took over sales, led directly to the tragic deaths of two construction workers. “We cannot allow individuals and firms to conduct themselves in gross violation of applicable regulations and industry standards,” Vance. “Today’s indictment is an important step not only in holding these defendants accountable for their conduct, but should send a message to the construction industry that profit cannot be put ahead of safety.” Sales launched at the 333 East 91st Street tower more than two years ago, and Bracha told The Real Deal recently that just nine units are currently in contract. At the time of the collapse, 17 contracts had been signed. Sales resumed two weeks later, though whether there was a connection between the decrease in signed contracts and the construction delays that resulted from the accident, is unclear. TRD[more]